I firmly believe in requesting your own birthday gift. Is it in poor taste? Possibly. But I know I’d much rather ask for something I’ve had my eye on for a while rather than having my parents running around trying to find something that feels like “me.” My mom is the same way. She’ll always tell me what she wants, and it makes it so much easier. You know the person will be happy, and that your money is well-spent.
This year, I asked for this necklace from Lat and Lo. I was so excited when it arrived that I totally cheated and opened it right away, even though my birthday isn’t until Sunday. It’s got the coordinates of Charlotte on the front and on the back it says “Charlotte.”
The site has tons of customizable options in terms of city and necklace design. If you’re looking for a graduation/birthday/anniversary gift that’s original and heartfelt, this would definitely be my suggestion.